Educational Psychology Programs

Our department offers programs and certificates designed to work with particular populations or in particular settings. All of our graduate degree programs offer a robust combination of coursework, practicum, and internship experience, which involves our advanced students providing psychological and behavioral services to local schools and clinics.

Degree Programs

This program is designed for students who want to work with children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of academic, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Common roles and functions of the School Psychologist include psychological assessment, counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, research, and program evaluation.

School Psychologists work with students, their families, and school staff in order to help students be as successful as possible in school. The program is designed to provide students the academic and practical training necessary to become licensed as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Graduates are eligible to apply for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, which is a nationally-recognized professional certification granted by the National Association of School Psychologists.

 

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This degree aims to prepare culturally competent scientist-practitioners and researchers to effectively contribute to the psychological development and well-being of children and adolescents. There are two unique concentrations: applied behavioral analysis and general educational psychology.

 

  • VCS.pngThe behavior analysis concentration aims to provide students with a foundation in behavior analysis and prepare students to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Exam (BCBA®) to obtain national certification and state licensure as a Behavior Analyst. Students will obtain competency in the basic principles of learning with an emphasis on treating children, youth, and adults in community, clinic, and hospital settings as well as consulting in educational settings. For more information about ABA please click here: https://www.abautsa.com/  
  • Behavior Analysis Master’s Program Handbook

  • The general educational psychology concentration provides students with a flexible degree plan grounded in the foundational educational psychology areas of human development, learning, motivation, research methods, statistics, and evaluation. Students build on these core areas by complementing their required program coursework with coursework from other areas selected based on personal interests (e.g., public policy, sociology, social work, psychology, and teaching). This design allows students to explore new areas of interest as they deepen their understanding of educational psychology and its applicability to social, political, and academic domains of education.

Students in the program will choose their area of concentration based on their professional goals and interests. Each concentration prepares students for career-specific applications of the degree. The coursework provides students with a strong foundation in Educational Psychology theory and principles as well as the skills to apply this learning to relevant contexts (e.g., educational, clinical, community, industrial/organizational, and home settings). Students who wish to complete an intensive research project have the option of completing a master's thesis for 6 credit hours. 

 

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Certificate Programs

The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate is aligned with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board requirements and is designed to meet the needs of current and prospective students interested in developing proficiency in applied behavioral analysis. This certificate focuses on the perspective of educational psychology and special education from learning theory as it relates to applied behavior analysis.

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The Language Acquisition and Bilingual Psychoeducational Assessment (LABPA) Certificate is designed to address the needs of prospective students interested in developing skills in bilingual psychoeducational assessment and foundational knowledge in language acquisition and the bilingual continuum, with an emphasis on Spanish-speaking English Language Learners (ELLs).

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College of Education and Human Development
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Phone: 210-458-4370 | education@utsa.edu